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Kelso softball has no time for drama off the field. They’re too busy making theater on the field.

The Lassies fell 2-1 in 10 innings to Bonney Lake in the West Central/Southwest Bi-District semifinal before winning a third-place game over Stadium, 3-2.

Kelso’s lone run came when the Lassies needed it most, as freshman Capri Franzen homered in the bottom of the seventh with two outs and two strikes to tie the game at 1-1.

The Panthers would go on to win and keep the Lassies out of the bi-district championship game, but not for lack of effort from the Lassies’ superstar pitching duo. Jordyn Ragan struck out five in 4 1/3 and Megan Holt struck out eight in 5 2/3. The Panthers scored on a single up the middle in the top of the 10th and a sacrifice fly in the sixth.

Ragan also caught a fly ball by diving through the fence in the eighth inning to rob the Panthers of a home run.

Bonney Lake’s ace Brooke Nelson threw all 10 innings and struck out 20, allowing just four hits.

The second game had its theater too, as the Lassies scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 3-2 lead and hold on in the seventh. It was Stadium’s two errors that led to Hailey parsons and Franzen scoring. Kinzey Williams went 2-3, Allison Hall doubled and the Lassies picked up five hits.

The Lassies enter the state tournament at 20-3 and the No. 3 seed out of District 3/4.

“I’m proud of the kids,” Kelso coach Dean Sorenson said. “Good softball was played.”

Elma 7, Castle Rock 4: The Rockets had more hits, but came out on the wrong end of a Southwest District 1A softball tournament loser-out game at Fort Borst Park on Saturday in Centralia.

CR finished its season 10-10.

The Rockets scored single runs in the first and third innings, but Elma responded with a four-run fourth inning. CR cut its deficit to 4-3 in the fifth, but the Eagles plated three runs in the sixth to put the game out of reach.

CR had 10 hits. Racheal Anderson was 3-3 and scored two runs, Kyndil Kirkendoll was 2-4 and scored twice, and Kerianne Cline was 2-4 with two RBIs. Emily Ashby pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and striking out three. Trinity Naugle tossed 2 1/3 relief innings, allowing four hits and striking out four.

Ducks punch state ticket: Toutle Lake topped Morton-White Pass to secure a state berth and then topped Ocosta 7-4 in the third-place game to secure the No. 3 seed out of District 4 into next week’s state tournament. 

Kelsey Lee tossed eight innings and Ashlynn Dean threw six on the day, as Shelby Levang finished 6-11 over two games.

Britzy Hockett was 3-5 with a double in the opener, while Kelsey Wason also went 3-5 as part of 13 hits. In the nightcap, Lee went 2-3 and Keeley Studebaker-Smith was 2-3 with a double.

Track and field

West Central/Southwest Regional Championships: Carlee Sams broke another school record, Tayla Beavers captured the pole vault crown and Sonny Chhim finally reached his long sought-after mark of running the 400 in under 50 seconds by placing third in the event with a 49.90 on the second day of regionals at Sunset Chev Stadium in Sumner.

The top five placers in each event go to the state championships, held at Mount Tahoma next week.

Beavers topped the field by clearing 11 feet, 3 inches while Sams ran the 200 in 25.47 seconds to finish third in the event. In total, 13 athletes will move on to state from Kelso.

Colton Johnson added to his already-qualified discus mark yesterday by placing second in the shot put with a throw of 54 feet, 4.25 inches, Jordan Gladson broke his PR in the javelin to finish fourth and qualify with a 164-10.

Girls Tennis

Southwest District 1A Tournament: Castle Rock’s Madeline Castillo, and the doubles team of Megan Keeling and Jenna LaFontaine finished third in the Southwest District 1A Girls Tennis Championships on Saturday at the Vancouver Tennis Center.

The top two placers in the singles and doubles advance to the 1A State Tennis Championships during May 26-27 at the Yakima Tennis Club.

Castillo, and the Keeling-LaFontaine pairing are alternates to state. The doubles team of Erica Thwaites and Paige Mershon finished fourth, with singles players Hanna Lair and Cinamin Aalund each going 1-1.

Overall, the Rockets finished second.


Catlin Gabel 5, Clatskanie 0: The Tigers season came to an end at 10-9 with a league playoff loss. Clatskanie had just one hit — a double by Cade Warren.

College Softball

Red Devils eliminated: Bellevue scored four runs in the final three innings to complete its comeback and turn away Lower Columbia College 7-4 in a loser-out game in the NWAC Softball Championships at the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex on Saturday in Spokane.

The loss ended LCC’s season at 20-16. Earlier in the day, the Red Devils eliminated Centralia 7-3.

The Red Devils trailed 3-2 after the first inning, and took a 4-3 lead in the fourth when they scored two runs on an error and a single from Shanay Dotson. Bellevue tied the game with a solo homer in the fifth inning, parlayed a double, passed ball and an error into a 5-2 lead in the fifth, and slapped a two-out, two-run single in the seventh.

LCC had nine hits, with Christine Robbins going 2-3, and Shanay Dotson and Sam Boyce each 2-4. Jessica Gibson allowed 10 hits and struck out seven in absorbing the loss.

The Red Devils scored early and often against Centralia. Gibson slapped a two-run double in the first inning, the Devils scored three in the fourth on a two-run double by Briana Harvill and an RBI single by Dotson. In the fifth, Cheyenne Gilbertson and Harvill each had RBI singles.

Harvill went 3-4 with three RBIs, and Dotson was 2-5 with an RBI. Boyce had two hits including a double, Gibson slapped a double and had two RBIs, and Robbins chipped in a double. Gibson scattered eight hits and struck out five in the victory.

For Centralia, Mikayla Deffenbaugh of Toutle Lake was 0-3.


Sports Reporter

Rick is a 29-year veteran of The Daily News, and the lead Lower Columbia College athletics reporter. In addition, he tracks former area prep athletes and assists several other beats. He is a Mark Morris grad with a business management degree from LCC.

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